Katsav asks Rivlin again for pardon

Former president Moshe Katsav has sent another request appealing his prison sentence to President Reuven Rivlin.
The request has been forwarded to the Justice Ministry for a legal opinion, after which Rivlin will discuss it with his legal adviser, Orit Corinaldi- Surkis.
The appeal is Katsav’s third this year. The Prisons Service Parole Board, in August, rejected Katsav’s request for a reduction of his sentence.
Katsav has consistently denied the rape charges for which he was convicted and refuses to expressremorse for something he says he did not do.
Katsav has spent slightly less than five years of a seven-year sentence, in Ma’asiyahu Prison in Ramle. Under ordinary circumstances, had he expressed remorse and undergone a rehabilitation course, the former president likely would already have been released.
Until now, Rivlin, has not shown any clemency toward sex offenders, nor did Shimon Peres before him.
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